Canada Rejects Obama “1967” Intervention
Harper government refuses to back Obama speech, says borders need to be negotiated by the two sides.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/23/2011, 7:36 PM / Last Update: 5/23/2011, 7:39 PM
Canada refuses to join the United States in calling for Israel to return to 1949 Armistice borders, the Ottawa Globe and Mail reported Monday.
At a briefing ahead of the G8 summit that is about to begin in France, federal Canadian officials said the basis for the negotiations must be mutually agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
“What the government of Canada supports is basically a two-state solution that is negotiated,” a senior federal official said. “If it’s [the] border, if it’s other issues, it has to be negotiated, it cannot be unilateral action.”
When the officials were “pressed by reporters,” the Globe and Mail said, they explained that "both the Israelis and the Palestinians have to decide on their bottom lines, which the Israelis have said will not include a return to the 1967 border."
An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said: "If the two parties are of the view that this is a starting point, that is fine for them."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s director of communications, Dimitri Soudas, added that Canada’s position continues to be the search for a two-state solution. “No solution, ultimately, is possible without both parties sitting down, negotiating and agreeing on what that final outcome will look like,” he said.